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Women with HIV: The silent casualties

Posted 02 juillet 2014, 05:01 , by Guest

By Diana G. Mendoza, AIDS 2014 Media Scholarship Recipient - First published on

DOLZURA. Esther. Kathy. Sarah Jane. The country’s first reported case of AIDS in 1984 was an unidentified male, but by this list of names alone, it was the females who gave a public face to HIV and AIDS in the Philippines.

The first wave of HIV infections recorded in the country was among female sex workers around the former US military bases. A combined medical research team of the US naval forces and the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) found HIV-infected blood when they were investigating Hepatitis B infections among female sex workers in the US bases at the time. More...